Warren Weertman

Let’s talk about JC…

2010 marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Jan Christiaan Smuts, the JC I was referring to in the title. So far this event seems to have passed by with little interest in the South African media and society. For me Jan Smuts represents a number of things, but if I were to sum…

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Sudan vs Sudan

At the 1870 Berlin Conference, Africa was divided up by the great powers of the day. The borders that were decided were arbitrary in their nature (to put it very politely). As the European powers began the process of decolonisation, so the arbitrary borders in 1870 were kept intact under the principle of International Law…

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The Central Defamation Fund

Right, so the aim of the Media Appeals Tribunal is to (allegedly) assist people who want to take on the media by providing them with a platform with which to seek some form of redress for some hurtful comments or stories that may have been written about them in the media. At present our Law…

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Are you ready for this?

If the “brother leader” were to have had his way during his presidency of the AU, Africa would now be one country under the name of the Unites States of Africa with all the trappings of a modern state, including a common currency. Whether the world is ready for another country with the name of…

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Another year, another Commonwealth meeting

I don’t want to get into a debate about the evils of the empire so let’s put all of that aside for a moment (well, for the length of this blog post at least). As modern phraseology goes, “let’s park that idea” or “let’s deal with that offline”. However, I would like to deal with…

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Let’s Perth(fontein) again like we did last summer

For my sins I have a sister who lives in Perth(fontein), Australia and family tradition dictates that Christmas every year is spent in Perth(fontein). So yes, you guessed it, I will soon be packing my bag and heading off down under for yet another Christmas in a country that has long since forgotten how to…

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Copy me, copy you

Is it just me, or is there a need for a new debate about copyright? The Copyright Act that is on the statute book at the moment was passed in 1978 and has been updated several times since then. But in essence, we are dealing with a piece of legislation that was passed when the…

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